–Endorsed by Concerned Women PAC, Eagle Forum, Gun Owners of America, and House Conservatives Fund
–Served in the United States Air Force, retiring as Captain
–Two-term State Legislator
–Three-term former Congessman
Steve was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2002, winning a five-way primary election, before he came out on top in one of the nation’s toughest congressional battles – and one of the most contested races in Southern New Mexico’s history.
At the beginning of the 108th Congress, Steve joined a short list of other freshman members to be tapped as an Assistant Majority Whip. During his time in Congress, Steve served as the Chairman of the National Parks Subcommittee and also served on the House Homeland Security Committee. Additionally he was privileged to serve on the House Resources and Financial Services Committees.
Steve was elected to the New Mexico House of Representatives in 1996 and re-elected in 1998. Steve served as Republican Caucus Chairman and was selected as “Outstanding Legislator” by the New Mexico Technology Showcase for his work in economic development using technology.
Steve and his wife Cynthia raised their family in Hobbs, New Mexico. Together they owned and operated Lea Fishing Tools, an oilfield services firm. They grew that firm tenfold in ten years, increasing employment from four to over 40. Steve and Cynthia were honored by the Association of Commerce and Industry with the VIVA Award for outstanding business in New Mexico. The Pearce’s understand what it takes to run a successful business.
Steve was a pilot in the Air Force, serving in the Philippines and flying missions into Vietnam. He received the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Air Medal. Returning to the US, he was assigned to the Strategic Air Command at Blytheville Air Force Base, Arkansas. He separated honorably with the rank of Captain.
Born in 1947, Steve was raised in Hobbs, New Mexico. He attended New Mexico public schools, and graduated from New Mexico State University with a BBA degree in economics and from Eastern New Mexico University with an MBA. Steve was elected Student Body President at NMSU.
Steve is very involved with his community and his church. He is a life-long participant and supporter of 4-H and was recently inducted into the 4-H Hall of Fame.